About 10 years ago, when I was feeling comfortable with the knowledge that I would surely be entertained by the music-of-my-life offerings broadcast over WJAS radio, I made a conscious decision to pass my collection of LPs and my stereo console on to my musician son.
Certainly at my age, and about nine years into retirement, I figured the chances of my running out of music on a 24/7 basis were slim to none. My only concern at the time was that WJAS would run out of older DJs who would continue to play the music that I enjoyed.
The likes of Bill Brant, Ed Price and Jack Wheeler were replaced handily by Jack Bogut, Chilly Billy and a new kid on the block, Chris Shovlin, who made a marvelous transition from news and sports to resident DJ. Even though John Tesh isn’t a bona fide DJ, his informative wraparounds never detracted from the music.
And now, musically speaking, “Where Have They Gone,” “That Old Gang of Mine”? They must have flown “Over the Rainbow” running smack into the “Allegheny Moon” and then sailed on down “Moon River” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” allowing them the pleasure of enjoying “Stardust” melodies.
Maybe “Someday,” when I’m older and more gray, perhaps a new station will emerge and take me on a “Sentimental Journey” back to that “Pawn Shop on a Corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.” And “Because of You,” new owner, whoever you might be, “It’s Magic” feeling will once again allow me to “Begin the Beguine” and “Pretend” that “You Are Always on My Mind” as, once again, “The Bells Are Ringing.”